BV escapes with win over Bergman

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Berryville Lady Bobcats never got in a groove Tuesday night against Bergman, but they still came away with a 45-38 victory.

"The score was 8-2 to start the game and we had four straight possessions where we get a stop," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "We want to score, stop, score, stop. That's what you want. We got the stops, but we couldn't get the scores. And you have to give some credit to Bergman, too. They did a nice job on our post play. Our guards were open, their shots just didn't fall. And that happens sometimes."

Hannah Morrell scored six points in the first quarter and Baylea Smith made two free throws after being fouled as time expired in the quarter, giving Berryville a 10-7 lead. Lexy Anderson added seven points in the second quarter and Morrrell had four as the Lady Bobcats took a 21-18 halftime lead.

"When you have nights the ball doesn't go in the hole, you are going to let people hang around," Cornelison said. "I felt like we had a chance to bust it wide open early, we just didn't take advantage of it. You have got to have stops and scores."

Midway through the third quarter, Anderson stole the ball from a Bergman player and made a layup. After a defensive stop, Aspen Smith made a three-pointer to put Berryville up by 10.

The Lady Bobcats led 32-26 going into the fourth quarter. Kelcee Hopper and Morrell each made baskets in the fourth quarter to help get the victory for Berryville.

"Those two girls are our go-to when it's crunch time," Cornelison said. "When we need a bucket that's who we look to deliver and most times they do. And they did so again."

Morrell finished the game with 12 points, while Anderson had 11 and Baylea Smith had 10.

Cornelison was glad to get the back-to-back wins against Bergman and Green Forest, but he knows the Lady Bobcats must play better if they want to beat Valley Springs on Friday.

"We went over there and beat them at their place, so knowing Valley like I know them, they weren't real thrilled about anybody going in their house and beating them," Cornelison said. "I'm sure they would love to return the favor. We are going to have to play at a high level."

Boys

Berryville 80, Bergman 44

The Berryville Bobcats took care of business in Tuesday night's 36-point victory over the Bergman Panthers. Berryville got out to a 24-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and coach Brent Compton was glad to see that after a disappointing performance last Friday at Yellville-Summit.

"We played a lot faster," Compton said. "We dictated tempo. We pressured full court, which got us in more of a fast-paced game. I was proud of the kids' effort. We shot the ball well. They feel so much more comfortable playing faster. It was good to see tonight."

Jarrett Ray, Kyler Kendrick, Brady Smith, Aaron Cisco and Zach Webb all scored in the second quarter alone as the Bobcats took a 47-27 lead into halftime.

"We had 11 guys that played," Compton said. "We have three games this week, so I wanted to make sure and get as many guys out there as we could. Each one of them that went out there played hard and smart."

Berryville extended its lead to 68-38 going into the fourth quarter. Ty Allen finished the game with 18 points, while Ray had 17 and Webb had 14.

Compton said Friday night's home game with Valley Springs will be a big one and he hopes for a big turnout. Valley Springs has one conference loss and the Bobcats have two. Therefore, this game could decide the conference championship.

"Valley Springs is a really good basketball team and we are going to have to play our absolute best to have a chance to win," Compton said. "We played pretty well at their place and put ourselves in a position to win. It's a game that we let slip away in a tough place to play. It's a huge game. I really hope we have a big crowd. Our fans do a great job showing up for big games like this and we are going to need that to get a win Friday.

Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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